Price: $20/750 mL
Banff Ice is one of the best budget liquors in the world. This Canadian vodka has been winning awards for years, including the 2014 San Francisco World Spirits Gold award. This grain-based vodka makes an excellent mixer, and its complex nose, with notes of espresso, makes it a tasty shot as well. For the price, you’d have a hard time finding a better vodka.
Lunazul Blanco Tequila
Price: $20/750 mL
Lunazul’s tequilas are all great, but their Blanco has won the most awards, despite the fact that it’s a few dollars cheaper! It has a fruity aroma with hints of citrus apples, and a strong, long-lasting finish of citrus, pepper, and oak. Lunazul won the 2014 Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Beefeater London Dry Gin
Price: $19/750 mL
This classic gin is still winning awards. Beefeater was awarded a double gold medal and best-in-show at the 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. It has many complex and unique notes that recommend it over Tanqueray and other similarly-priced gins, such as hints of almond and coriander. This is a classic mixing gin, that tastes great with tonic water, citrus juices, and many other mixers. It was listed as the best premium gin by Real Simple, an impressive feat for a budget-friendly gin.
Canadian Mist Blended Canadian Whisky
Price: $12/ 750 mL
The least expensive item on this list is still one of the highest quality liquors. Canadian Mist Blended whisky regularly cleans up at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, with an amazing 9 awards since 2000. With its smooth, nutty flavor, it tastes great with cola, soda water, or neat. Don’t believe me? Check out whiskey experts Under The Label’s review.
Diplomatico Anejo Rum
Price: $14/750 mL
It’s not often that you can find a $14 bottle of rum that has been aged for 4 years, and is also listed among San Francisco World Spirits Competion double gold medal winners. Diplomatico Anejo rum has accomplished this twice.
Paul Masson VSOP Brandy
American brandy might not have the best reputation, but Paul Masson has continuously fought to change that. A two-time double gold award winner at the San Francisco World Spirits competition is just one of the honors Amber VSOP boasts. With a rich vanilla and praline taste and a smooth finish, VSOP stands among the best cognacs at a fraction of the price.